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Originally posted by mencius at 2007-3-3 14:02
[quote]Originally posted by hanlei at 3-3-2007 08:44
By selling weapons to Taiwan, Washington was also violating its promise to gradually reduce sales to the island territory, he said.
When exactly did the current US government say it would do that?[/quote]
You are right, Mr. Mencius. The current US gov't- J. W. Bush's administration didn't say it.
The US gov't said in 1972 in the Shanghai Communique (http://usinfo.state.gov/eap/Archive_Index/joint_communique_1972.html):
The U.S. side declared: The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The United States Government does not challenge that position. It reaffirms its interest in a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question by the Chinese themselves. With this prospect in mind, it affirms the ultimate objective of the withdrawal of all U.S. forces and military installations from Taiwan. In the meantime, it will progressively reduce its forces and military installations on Taiwan as the tension in the area diminishes. The two sides agreed that it is desirable to broaden the understanding between the two peoples. To this end, they discussed specific areas in such fields as science, technology, culture, sports and journal- ism, in which people-to-people contacts and exchanges would be mutually beneficial. Each side undertakes to facilitate the further development of such contacts and exchanges.
The US gov't said in 1979 in the second Joint Communique (http://usinfo.state.gov/eap/Archive_Index/joint_communique_1979.html):
The United States of America and the People's Republic of China reaffirm the principles agreed on by the two sides in the Shanghai Communique
The US go'vt said in 1982 in the third Joint Communique (http://usinfo.state.gov/eap/Archive_Index/joint_communique_1982.html):
...the United States Government states that it does not seek to carry out a long-term policy of arms sales to Taiwan, that its arms sales to Taiwan will not exceed, either in qualitative or in quantitative terms, the level of those supplied in recent years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, and that it intends gradually to reduce its sale of arms to Taiwan, leading, over a period of time, to a final resolution. In so stating, the United States acknowledges China's consistent position regarding the thorough settlement of this issue.
The third and final communique (1982-08-17), reaffirms the desire of both sides to further strengthen economic, cultural, educational, scientific, and technological ties. Both sides also reaffirmed the statements made about the Taiwan issue in the previous communique. Although no definitive conclusions were reached on the issue of arms sale to Taiwan, the United States did declare its intent to gradually decrease its sale of arms to Taiwan.
Officially, U.S. policy is governed by the Taiwan Relations Act, by the Six Assurances, and by the Three Communiques; it has stated a commitment to a one China policy. The strength of that commitment and the relationship between these policies, which are contradictory, changes from administration to administration.
Hope those will be of help for you, Mencius.